Tension and Stiffness

Paws4Paws is committed to keeping your dog healthy and happy. We offer a wide range of therapies through private home consults and a personalised treatment plan designed to your dog’s individual needs. 

 

We work closely with veterinarians in order to ensure the best possible care for your dog!

Sandra’s Story

Chito (my pooch in the photo) has been my inspiration and support throughout and Paws4Paws would not exist without him. He was the one giving me a nudge to follow my passion and redirect my path from being an academic (anthropologist) to helping dogs live a longer and happier life. And he is living proof! He is 12 years old and despite suffering from spondylosis and lumbosacral disease he is in fantastic condition. We have done a lot of rehabilitative strengthening work as well as remedial massage and myofascial pain release over the past 6 years and the results are amazing.

I became a Canine Myotherapist in 2015 and have done a lot of professional development in canine rehabilitation since. I am a lifelong learner and am currently embarking on my Cert IV in Vet Nursing which will then allow me to study a postgraduate program in Canine Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. These are my long term plans but in the meantime I feel blessed that I have been able to help dogs live a longer and happier life for 7 years now.

I love every dog as if they were my own. Nothing gets me up in the morning like knowing I will help another dog feel better today!

Our Team

Sandra Bader

Sandra Bader

Founder and Owner | Canine Myotherapist

Sandra has a degree in Canine Myofunctional Therapy (CMT) from the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM), a diploma in Shiatsu/Acupressure (EastWest College), a Certificate in Therapeutic Massage (East West College) and a PhD in Anthropology (Monash). She has a particular interest in canine rehabilitation and has completed several professional development courses in the field. She is currently studying part time a Cert IV in Vet Nursing with the aim to enrol in a postgradude diploma in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee.

Lisa Whight

Lisa Whight

Canine Myotherapist

Lisa has always had dogs in her life and is currently the mum of two Hungarian Vizslas. After a major accident with one of her dogs over 12 years ago she became aware of the importance of canine rehabilitation and so her passion began to help dogs lead a longer, healthier and happier life. She completed her Canine Myofunctional Therapy degree with the National College of Traditional Medicine (NCTM) 10 years ago and joined Paws4Paws in 2020. Our clients and their pups absolutely love her and her empathetic nature, and she has been a great addition to the team.

We come to you 

It is important to us to build a trust relationship with you and your dog. Our experience has shown that dogs are more comfortable in their home environment and a trusting relationship is established much easier and quicker in the comfort of your dog’s home.

 

 

What a treatment involves

Before your appointment, we ask you to fill out a Client Intake Form were we gather information about your dog such as history of injuries, administered medication, exercise routine and why you would like to engage Paws4Paws.

At our first appointment we will assess your dog’s gait, stance, sit, balance, body awareness and range of motion, as well as conduct a soft tissue analysis to detect any abnormalities that might indicate an injury or a condition such as arthritis or hip dysplasia. For the remaining appointment we will treat your dog according to our findings. If we suspect a condition other than a soft tissue issue/injury and you do not have a diagnosis yet, we refer you back to your vet for a diagnosis so we can  design our treatment plan accordingly.

We will also give you tools to help your dog in between treatments which may include strengthening exercises and/or small changes to your dog’s home environment or activity which will all positively impact your dog’s health.

You are likely to see subtle changes in your dog’s movement and mobility after the first treatment but it usually takes several treatments to make an effective change to your dog.

 

Multimodal approach to your dog’s Recovery and Wellbeing

At Paws4Paws we take a multimodal approach to ensure your dog receives the best possible care. This means we uses various methods, therapies and interventions to address your dog’s condition.

Our experience has shown that physical therapy is most effective in conjunction with other